The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a lively, playful and intelligent small, non-shedding dog that make exceptional companions for both families and the elderly. They are a fun-loving dog that easily adjusts to different living conditions and are the most placid, docile, and gentle of all terrier breeds. Dandies excel in obedience and agility.
Grooming: The non-shedding, coat of a Dandie will need brushings every few days and professional grooming every 3-4 months.
Social Skills: Dandies get along with other dogs and household pets if raised with them.
Personality: Devoted to its owner and family. Very affectionate and playful. They thrive on human companionship and should not be left alone. Need to be under leash control or fenced in areas to prevent from wandering off. If roused, can be a fearless opponent and make excellent watch dogs.
Children: Very good with respectful children.
Housing: Adjusts easily to indoor living conditions. Ideal for apartments and condo living when regularly walked. They make fine companions for the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily.
Health: Intervertebral disc disease. Overweight can cause back problems. More information on Dandie Dinmont Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Dandie Dinmont's origin is from the border area between England and Scotland during the 18th century. Known as the Pepper and Mustard Terrier by the gypsies that owned them, they had limited popularity until early 19th century. Dandies got their name from a character in Sir Walter Scott's 1814 novel. Sir Walter was taken by this breed and had several in his lifetime.